2018 MG ZS Review | motoring.com.au

The MG ZS is a British-designed, Chinese-made
baby SUV. It goes head to head with the likes of Mazda’s
Japanese-built CX-3 and the Korean-built Hyundai Kona. The truth is, buyers are spoilt for choice
and manufacturers have their work cut out. So has the MG ZS got what it takes to be a
contender? Two models – Soul and Essence – are differentiated
by their engines and transmissions. The spec and feature lists are near identical
except for a panoramic sunroof and push button start the notable difference in the top-shelf
Essence model. The ZS is a front-wheel-drive SUV paired with
conventional automatic transmissions only and no plans for anything beyond that at this
stage. It’s great to see an 8-inch screen and Apple
CarPlay front and centre. Cabin space, outward visibility, ergonomics
and oddment storage are all great – but the lack of steering-wheel reach adjust is
an oversight. The second row offers plenty of space – look
at this leg room! In this segment, it feels generous particularly
if you’re looking to transport three second row occupants on a regular basis. A seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty
and roadside assist is a welcome touch, matching class-leaders such as Kia. Where the MG ZS struggles to compete is its
drive-ability, falling short of its rivals for feel at the wheel and chassis control. It’s a comfortable ride but lacks the grip
and composure of others in this segment. The boot is large enough and there’s a light…
but no anchor points or bag hooks. Driver assistance technologies are light on,
too – there’s no autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning or blind sport
monitoring. Where space and comfort are concerned, the
cavernous MG ZS lays down the challenge – but the value for money proposition requires improvement
for this Chinese protagonist to be truly competitive.